CNC Speedform invests in second SLS machine

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CNC Speedform of Germany has purchased a second Sinterstation Pro 230 SLS system from 3D Systems to help meet the growing demand for its selective laser sintering parts manufacturing services.

With their large build-volume capacity, the Sinterstation Pro 140 and 230 Systems use reliable, intelligent technology to transform computer-aided design data into ready-to-use, accurate and durable three-dimensional plastic parts. The Sinterstation Pro series has short warm-up and cool-down periods for faster machine turnaround times that result in considerable savings in total cost of ownership.

In addition to superior throughput and utilisation, the large parts that can be produced on Sinterstation Pro 140 and 230 Systems are claimed to be unmatched by any other competitive product on the market. These systems produce parts with high accuracy, excellent resolution and smooth surface finish, and are suited to use in short-run rapid manufacturing (RM) applications in the aerospace, automotive and motorsport industries. The Sinterstation Pro System, coupled with 3D Systems' new DuraForm EX Plastic, delivers quality parts without expensive moulds and long lead times, yet have the quality of injection-moulded parts.

These benefits were attractive to Karl-Heinz Mers, chairman of CNC Speedform, when his company purchased its first Sinterstation Pro 230 SLS System in the summer of 2006. With that system, the German company was able to respond quickly and effectively to the growing needs of its customers. Having had such a good experience, CNC Speedform recently decided to purchase a second Sinterstation Pro System.

Mers states: "Our customers come from the automotive engineering, Formula 1, aerospace, household appliance, electronic and medical technology industries. We have to be able to create both polyamide prototypes and individual parts, including several thousand small workpieces in one operation as well as extremely large parts of flawless quality. We are very satisfied with the quality of the workpiece construction, its dimensional accuracy and surface finish quality. Even bulky pieces can be processed in a standard fashion, eliminating the need for expensive refinishing. The Sinterstation Pro 230 SLS system also offers a real alternative for making limited batches of small parts such as clamps and electrical connectors. Because of the high productivity of the first system and the good experience that we had from the beginning, we decided right away to purchase an additional system in this series."

24 September 2007

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